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The Actress (1953)

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her ... See full summary »

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Ruth Gordon (screen play), Ruth Gordon (from: her stage play "Years Ago")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Spencer Tracy ... Clinton Jones
Jean Simmons ... Ruth Gordon Jones
Teresa Wright ... Annie Jones
Anthony Perkins ... Fred Whitmarsh
Ian Wolfe ... Mr. Bagley
Kay Williams ... Hazel Dawn
Mary Wickes ... Emma Glavey
Norma Jean Nilsson Norma Jean Nilsson ... Anna
Dawn Bender Dawn Bender ... Katherine
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Storyline

Former seaman Clinton Jones now works at a lowly job. His daughter Ruth wants to become an actress. Clinton gets fired and Ruth rejects the advances of Fred Whitmarsh. Her father gives her his seaman's spyglass to sell as she heads for New York City. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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There's hope and heart-ache in the adventures of a stage-struck daughter!


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Years Ago See more »

Filming Locations:

Inglewood, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,424,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Anthony Perkins. See more »

Goofs

In a scene late in the film set in the kitchen, the light fixture over the kitchen table is seen (and heard!) to rise up to allow the camera to pass below it. See more »

Quotes

Clinton Jones: You got a kick in the pants, but that ain't fatal.
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Opening credits are shown over the cover of a photo album, and the film begins by showing us various photos from inside the album. See more »

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Soundtracks

My Beautiful Lady
(1911) (uncredited)
Music by Ivan Caryll
Lyrics by C.M.S. McLellan
Sung by Kay Williams and chorus in the show "The Pink Lady"
Played at a dance and sung by Jean Simmons
Also sung by Norma Jean Nilsson and Dawn Bender
Music played often in the score
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Lovely Old Fashioned Movie
27 October 2005 | by Scoval71See all my reviews

Lovely, beautiful, sentimental and also a funny movie that takes you back to a much, much earlier time in America that will never be again. A story of a young girl who wants to be an actress and her salty father who is really a kind person. We have the appearance of the young Anthony Perkins as well. The movie is very well acted and it is based on the true life story of Ruth Gordon (born Ruth Gordon Jones). It is a movie that the whole family will enjoy--very nostalgic and endearing. I enjoyed it. See it when you can or rent or buy it. Entertaining and delightful and as I said at the beginning: it is a lovely old fashioned movie. They don't make them like this anymore and more's the pity.


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